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Claren Academy
Claren Academy
1035 Cambie Street, Vancouver, British Columbia, V6B 5L7
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Kathryn Clark

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Claren Academy

1035 Cambie Street, Vancouver, British Columbia, V6B 5L7

Curriculum:
Progressive
Grades (Gender):
K to 3 (Coed)
Tuition:
$14,985/year
Main Language:
English
Avg. Class Size:
10 to 15
Enrolment:
Day: Varies (Gr. K - 3)

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Contact Name:
Kathryn Clark

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School Address
1035 Cambie Street, Vancouver, British Columbia, V6B 5L7

About this school:

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Claren Academy is a technology & creativity focused independent school, located in the heart of Vancouver. Today's kindergarten students will graduate around 2030, in an increasingly computerized and automated world. Claren Academy teaches a uniquely enriched version of the B.C. curriculum to provide strong fundamentals, while also exposing students to forward-looking areas of study such as computer programming, game development, virtual reality, artificial intelligence, robotics, music production, and more.


The Our Kids review of Claren Academy

our takeTechnology is increasingly providing a way into the core curriculum, certainly in ways that it couldn’t 50 or even 20 years ago. Claren was founded in with that in mind, principally using technology as the spark that will create and inspire children to engage with the curriculum and with their peers. There is an awareness of the skills that children will need in their adult lives, though they include working together, organizing their interest around projects, and employing a range of tools to communicate their ideas, and to develop them. The ideal student is one able to thrive in an active, diverse learning environment, and whose interests tend toward a hands-on engagement with technology.



Academics


Curriculum Progressive

Primary Curriculum: Progressive


What Claren Academy says: Claren Academy prepares students for the world of the future, with strong academic foundations and creative use of technology. We strive to develop critical thinkers who are caring, confident, lifelong learners in a diverse community. We foster creativity, joy, and passion for learning through our personal connections with each student and their family. We provide opportunities, encouragement, inspiration, and mentoring for each child. We use the B.C. curriculum to provide strong fundamentals using developmentally appropriate practices and materials, while also exposing students to forward-looking areas of study such as programming, virtual reality, robotics, and much more. Our technology-enhanced personalized learning takes place in a school environment that emphasizes creativity, independence, entrepreneurial skills, and academics. There is an equal emphasis on acceleration and enrichment. All students are immersed in a creative learning process through exploration, critical thinking, and reflection. Together the students think, work and create in a way that demonstrates their new understanding.

  • Approach:
    Focus
    Academic


  • Pedagogies and subject courses:

  • Mathematics
    • What Claren Academy says: This information is not currently available.

    • Textbooks and supplementary materials: This information is not currently available.

    • Calculator policy: This information is not currently available.


    Early Reading
    • What Claren Academy says: This information is not currently available.

    • DIBELS Testing: This school does not use DIBELS testing to assess reading progress.

    • What Claren Academy says: This information is not currently available.


    Writing
    • What Claren Academy says: This information is not currently available.


    Science
    • Teaching approach: This information is not currently available.

    • Topics covered in curriculum:

      Subject = offered
      Biology
      Chemistry
      Ecology
      Geology
      Meteorology
      Physics
      Physiology
      Zoology
    • Treatment of evolution:

      Evolution as consensus theory
      Evolution as one of many equally viable theories
      Evolution is not taught

    Social Studies
    • What Claren Academy says: This information is not currently available.


    Foreign Languages
    • What Claren Academy says: This information is not currently available.

    • Languages Offered: This information is not currently available.


    Fine Arts
    • Program offers:

      Subject = offered
      Acting
      Dance
      Drama/Theatre
      Graphic Design
      Music
      Visual Arts
    • What Claren Academy says: This information is not currently available.


    Computers and Technology Heavy integration

      A major effort is made to integrate the development of digital literacy throughout the curriculum and in everything students do. Digital literacy is understood to be a fundamental skill in the 21st century: it therefore follows, the idea goes, that teachers should find ways to connect every lesson back to technology. Effort is made to ensure the use of technology is meaningful and advances students’ skills beyond what they would otherwise be from using computers outside the classroom.
      Learn about the different computers and technology approaches  


    • What Claren Academy says: Humans evolved to enjoy play because play helps us to learn about our environment and prepare for our adult lives. However, learning only feels like play when it is hands-on, self-directed, and self-motivated. Students are excited about learning when they can see how the subject at hand will be relevant to their lives. Most high school students are not excited about learning the quadratic formula because they don't see how it will ever be useful to them outside of school. At Claren Academy, we expose students to aspirational fields in a hands-on way to show that their studies will indeed help them to excel in the areas they most enjoy. Our students are introduced to: Computer programming Digital art & music Robotics & electronics Entrepreneurship Science experiments 3D printing Broadcasting & streaming Digital film making & animation Virtual reality Molecular gastronomy (cooking!) Game design and much more!

    • Program covers:

      Subject = offered
      Computer science
      Robotics
      Web design

    Physical Education
    • What Claren Academy says: This information is not currently available.


    Religious Education
    • Approach to teaching religious and secular curricula

      Completely segregated
      Mostly segregated
      Completely integrated
      Mostly integrated
      Not applicable
    • Approach to teaching religion

      Scripture as literal
      Scripture as interpretive
    • What Claren Academy says: This information is not currently available.


    Sex and Health Education British Columbia curriculum
    Topics covered in sex and health education: We don’t cover any topics in sex and health education

    What Claren Academy says: This information is not currently available.

    Approach:
    Mostly value-neutral

    By and large, we teach sex education free of any particular moral or ethical standpoint. We try not to impose any particular values or value systems (such as social, political, or ideological values) on our students when teaching sex and related issues.


    Fairly value-based

    Sex education is sometimes taught from a particular moral or ethical standpoint. Sometimes particular values or value systems (such as social, political, or ideological values) are invoked when teaching sex and related issues.

    Traditional

    This includes a range of positions. A traditional approach might, for example, go as far as emphasizing the nuclear family and complete abstinence from sex before marriage. Alternatively, this approach might simply involve placing less emphasis on sex outside of the context of marriage and more emphasis on abstinence. Or finally, it might just involve focusing less on sex outside of the context of marriage.

    Progressive

    This might mean more emphasis is placed on the importance of such things as social equality, diversity, and choice in sex education.


    What Claren Academy says: This information is not currently available.



    Preschool/K Curriculum Play-based

    • Play-based
    • Montessori
    • Waldorf
    • Reggio Emilia
    • Academic

    Play-based programs are the most common type of preschool and Kindergarten, and are founded on the belief young children learn best through play. Largely open-ended and minimally structured, play-based programs aim to develop social skills and a love of attending school. “Pre-academic” skills are taught, but in a more indirect way than at, say, an Academic program: through children playing in different “stations” set up around the classroom, which children choose on their own volition. Stations often contain an indirect lesson or developmental goal. Play-based classrooms are highly social and active.

    If you want to learn more about preschool education, check out our comprehensive guide. You can also read our in-depth answers to important preschool questions: What is preschool? What are the main preschool programs? What are the main pros and cons of preschool? What do children learn in preschool? How much does preschool cost?  What makes for a great preschool?

    What Claren Academy says: We have developed a method of teaching to personalize learning for each child. Teachers prepare materials, centre play activities and projects with our students\' interests and needs in mind. Our programs are inspired by the approaches used in Reggio Emilia, Montessori and Play based programs. Humans evolved to enjoy play because play helps us to learn about our environment and prepare for our adult lives. However, learning feels like play most often when it is hands-on, self-directed, and self-motivated. Students are excited about learning when they can see how the subject at hand will be relevant to their lives.


    Curriculum Pace Standard-enriched

    • Standard-enriched
    • Accelerated
    • Student-paced

    Broadly-speaking, the main curriculum -- like that of most schools -- paces the provincially-outlined one. This pace is steady and set by the teachers and school. The curriculum might still be enriched in various ways: covering topics more in-depth and with more vigor than the provincial one, or covering a broader selection of topics.

    Flexible pacing:

    Flexible pacing style = offered
    Subject-streaming (tracking)
    Multi-age classrooms as standard
    Ability-grouping (in-class) as common
    Frequent use of cyber-learning (at-their-own-pace)
    Regular guided independent study opportunities
    Differentiated assessment

    What Claren Academy says about flexible pacing: Our students have opportunities each day to learn with other K-2 students in a large group setting as well as smaller groups based on ability and/or on curriculum.


    Academic Culture Supportive

    • Rigorous
    • Supportive

    A school with a “supportive” academic culture focuses more on process than short-term outcomes: academic performance is a welcomed side-benefit, but not the driving focus. This does not mean the school lacks standards, or has low expectations for its students: a school can have a supportive academic culture and still light the fire of ambition in its students. It does mean, however, the school provides a less intensive culture than schools with a “rigorous” academic classification, and is focused more simply on instilling a love of learning and life-long curiosity.

    What Claren Academy says: This information is not currently available.


    Developmental Priorities Intellectual, Balanced

    Primary Developmental Priority: Intellectual
    Academically strong, creative, and critical thinkers, capable of exercising rationality, apprehending truth, and making aesthetic distinctions.

    Secondary Developmental Priority: Balanced
    Equal attention is paid to a balance of priorities: intellectual, emotional, social, and physical.

    What Claren Academy says: We foster creativity in our students by reducing emphasis on rote memorization, and by teaching them to find answers for themselves. Similarly, we encourage diversity over conformity, and instead of a "one size fits all" program, our students are at liberty to explore their own areas of interest, permitted that a strong grasp of core subjects has been demonstrated.


    Special Needs Support Limited

    Limited

    Claren Academy offers limited support for students with learning difficulties or special needs.

    • Academic Support:
      Support Type = offered
      Learning strategy and study counselling; habit formation
      Extra support and minor accommodations for children experiencing subclinical difficulties
    • What Claren Academy says: We are able to provide minor accommodations for our students experiencing subclinical difficulties. At this time, we do not have the resources to assist any clinically diagnosed learning disability.


    Gifted Learner Support No Support

    No Support

    Claren Academy does not offer any specialized programming for gifted learners.

    Gifted education: If you want to learn more about gifted education, check out our comprehensive guide. It’s the first of its kind: it covers different kinds of gifted schools and programs, and a whole host of issues parents face in finding the right option for their gifted child.

    Homework Policy

    In grade 2, Claren Academy students perform an average of No homework of homework per night.

    Nightly Homework
    K12
    Claren Academy 0 mins0 mins0 mins
    Site Average6 mins16 mins18 mins

    Report Card Policy

    How assessments are delivered across the grades:

    Habits and behaviour reportingK to 3
    Parent-teacher meetingsK to 3

    Class Sizes Not available

    This information is not currently available.

    Recess Policy

     GradesK123
    Non-lunch recessFrequency 1/day 1/day 1/day 1/day
    Location Outside Outside Outside Outside
    Amount 30 30 30 30
    Lunch recessAmount 20 20 20 20

    What Claren Academy says: Claren Academy believes that daily physical activity is very important despite weather conditions. All students will have several movement breaks such as yoga, dance and games, outdoor play time, and structured physical education on a regular basis.

    Non-lunch recesses: All of this school’s non-lunch recesses take place between classes or academic periods.


    Extracurriculars

    principal
    What Claren Academy says:

    This information is not currently available.


    • Sports OfferedCompetitiveRecreational
      Baseball
      Basketball
      Ice Hockey
      Lacrosse
      Soccer
      Softball
      Swimming
      Tennis
      Track & Field
      Volleyball
    • Clubs offered: None


    Tuition & Financial Aid

    Tuition

     
    K12
    Day (Domestic: in province)$14,985
    What Claren Academy says: Below you will find a listing of our standard yearly fees: Tuition $12,590 Technology improvement fund $970 Field trips $860 Art, music, and "maker space" supplies $565 International students are required to pay an additional $3000 fee to cover the provincial grant we receive for other students.

    Discounts

    Discount TypeEnrollment TypeAmount
    2nd child (sibling)all students5%


    Need-based financial aid

    This information is not currently available.



    Merit based Scholarships

    This information is not currently available.


    Enrollment

    Total enrollment 25
    Average enrollment per grade6
    Gender (grades)K to 3 (Coed)
    Boarding offeredNo

    Student distribution: This information is not currently available.


    Admission

    Application

    Admissions Assessments:

    Assessment = requiredGrades
    InterviewK - 2
    SSAT
    SSAT (out of province)
    Entrance Exam(s)
    Entrance Essay
    Application Fee

    Application Deadlines:

    Day students:
    Rolling


    What Claren Academy says:

    Please visit our admissions page to learn about our requirements and process. 

    Claren Academy is offering 30 spaces for children entering kindergarten to grade two in September 2017. (Only children born in 2010, 2011, and 2012 will be eligible for this school year.) We will add one grade each subsequent year, up to grade twelve.

    Application steps:

    1. Complete our simple Applicant Information Form, above.
    2. If your application is in order we will contact you within 1 business day to collect the necessary supporting documents, and the $250 application fee.
    3. Visit us for a family interview and play-based evaluation.

    Interviews and student observations will begin in December and will continue on a rolling basis. Placement decisions will be announced within two weeks of your interview and observation. Successful applicants will then be asked for a deposit to secure enrollment for the 2017-2018 school year.

    Please visit our admissions page to learn about our requirements and process. 



    Acceptance

    Acceptance Rate:

    N/A

    Type of student Claren Academy is looking for: Admission to grades K-2 at Claren Academy is based on: - The candidate's social, emotional, and developmental readiness - The family's interview - The candidate's actions during the play-based observation - The school's assessment of references and past academic records The following may also be considered: - Availability of space in the year to which the candidate is applying - Diversity and gender balance - Siblings of students already enrolled



    Student Entry Points

    Student TypeK123
    Day Acceptance
    (Acceptance rate)
    10 (100%)10 (100%)10 (100%)0

    In the News

    News

    July 28, 2017 - Claren Academy Receives Scholarship Donation

    New Women in Technology & Entrepreneurship Scholarship makes it possible for more female students to join Claren Academy in 2017. ...


    June 8, 2017 - Claren Academy Open House June 25th

    Families are invited to see Claren Academy's newly-renovated space in downtown Vancouver on June 25th ...


    March 19, 2017 - Claren Academy Admissions Deadline Approaching

    Claren Academy is accepting applications for kindergarten - grade two with a deadline of March 24th. ...



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